Game Report: Cardinals 1, Diamondbacks 0

Trevor Rosenthal did something he had never done in his career on Friday night, and the Cardinals earned one of their best wins of the season because of it.

Rosenthal recorded the final six outs of the game to earn his first two-inning save in the win over the Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium.

Rosenthal relieved with runners on second and third in the eighth inning and got out of that jam, recording two strikeouts, before setting the Diamondbacks down in order in the ninth, getting two more strikeouts.

The only run of the game scored in the sixth on a single by Jedd Gyorko, driving in Tommy Pham,

The game was marred by an injury to Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray, who was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Luke Voit in the second inning. The exit velocity of the smash was clocked at 108 miles per hour. Ray was alert when he left the field on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital, where he received several stitches before returning to the team hotel.

Here is how the game broke down:


At the plate: Pham led off the sixth by reaching on an error by Daniel Descalso, stole second and took third on a grounder by Paul DeJong before scoring on the single by Gyorko … Gyorko had three of the Cardinals’ eight hits, also hitting a double in the fourth and a single in the eighth … The Cardinals had the bases loaded with one out in the seventh but failed to add to their lead when Pham grounded into a double play … One of the hits in the seventh was a bunt single by Harrison Bader, his second infield hit of the game.

On the mound:
Michael Wacha pitched the first six innings for the Cardinals, allowing just three hits. The Diamondbacks did not get their first hit until Chris Owings doubled with two outs in the fifth. He struck out five and walked one … Seung Hwan Oh allowed two hits in the seventh but got out of the inning stranding the runners on first and third … Brett Cecil came in to start the eighth and gave up a single and double to the only two hitters he faced before Rosenthal relieved. He struck out A.J. Pollock, got David Peralta to hit into a fielder’s choice at the plate on a good play by Kolten Wong and then struck out Paul Goldschmidt. He struck out Owings and Jake Lamb in the ninth to end the game and earn his fifth save … It was the Cardinals’ 10th shutout of the season.

Key stat: This was the 18th time in Rosenthal’s career he has pitched at least two innings. It was his 321st career game, and he earned his 115th career save.

Worth noting: Playing the second game of his rehab assignment in Peoria, Stephen Piscotty was 1-of-4, an RBI double, and also committed a fielding error … This was the Cardinals’ fourth 1-0 win over the Diamondbacks in 138 games, the last coming on Sept. 28, 2014 in Arizona. The other two 1-0 wins were in 1999, the last in St. Louis on July 5, 1999 … Wacha improved to 7-1 at home with a 2.71 ERA.

Looking ahead: Mike Leake will get the start on Saturday night against Zach Greinke for the Diamondbacks.